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Capital Report: 05-24-2013

Governor Rick Scott has signed Florida’s new elections reform bill into law, but will that solve the problems that arose during last year’s Presidential election? Some say yes, but as Sascha Cordner reports, others say there’s more work to do stop long lines at the polls and protect the state from further embarrassment.

Florida Governor Rick Scott has signed the state’s new budget into law. But Governor Rick Scott also used his line item veto power to cut almost 400-million dollars in projects from the budget. –Regan McCarthy reports.

It was a good session this year for several Florida cities with Governor Rick Scott approving more than 32-million dollars in water infrastructure projects. That’s a reversal from last year, when all local water projects were vetoed. Still, some projects came out on the losing side, Lynn Hatter takes a closer look at the difference between projects getting the green light and those once again getting a budget axe.

A Sebastian teenager facing charges for a same-sex sexual relationship with a younger student will not be accepting the plea arrangement offered by the state attorney’s office….Jill Roberts reports the case will be going to court……-

The second human being to walk on the moon thinks it’s time for people to go much further into space. Tom Flanigan reports that mission would most likely involve Florida as an interplanetary launch site.

Finally this week, The annual Florida Folk Festival is just getting started this evening in North Florida [6 p.m. Friday, May 23]. Jessica Palombo reports, the three-day cultural celebration is bringing together hip-hop and graffiti artists with traditional Chinese musicians and many other performers this year.